Anyone or any business planning to do work within the road corridor must apply for a permit known as a Corridor Access Request (CAR).
A Corridor Access Request is required for, but not limited to, the following activities:
- Any activity that will alter or cause to be altered the surface of any part of the road reserve, including but not limited to excavating, drilling, resurfacing;
- The placement of any pipe, duct, pole, cabinet or other structure below, on or above the road reserve;
- A new vehicle crossing.
A permit is not required for the following activities:
- Single private excavations in the grass berm only, that are less than three (3) square metres or less than six (6) linear metres;
- Non-excavation activities on Low Volume, Level 1 and Level 2 roads if carrying out that activity does not affect the normal use of the footpath or carriageway.
All Corridor Access Requests will require a Traffic Management Plan.
Underground service plans
If you are excavating, before submitting a CAR application you must get underground service plans for your proposed worksite . Some underground service plans can be found by visiting beforeUdig.co.nz. Please note that not all utilities have opted to use this service therefore you will need to contact them directly.
Approval, cost and payment
Submitting an application is not an authority to start work, unless it is an emergency. You must wait until you receive your approved Work Access Permit (WAP) by email. Applications must be made at least 15 working days before work starts.
Fees for this can be found in the current years Fees and Charges.
Code of Practice
The National Code of Practice for Utility Operators' Access to Transport Corridors defines the set of standards for working in the road and the Corridor Access Request (CAR) processes.
The Code is mandatory under the Utilities Access Act 2010 and applies to all works carried out in the road corridor, whether the work is for or by a utility, local government, commercial organisation or private individual(s).